• Health matters and badminton helps

    [See image gallery at www.badzine.net]The insurance company MetLife supports badminton at both ends of the spectrum as the title sponsor of Superseries tournaments as well as organises introductions to the sport for kids. MetLife chose Sydney as the second of several stops around the world for its Health Day and one half of Australia’s highest ranked duo, Gronya Somerville, led the program with a big heart.
    By Aaron Wong, Badzine correspondent. Photos (rights reserved)
    Charisma on court
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  • Governing bodies join forces to call for new approach to UK Sport investment

    Badminton England has joined 10 other governing bodies calling for a new approach to the investment into Olympic and Paralympic sport.  
  • Legends’ Vision sees doubles in Korea

    [See image gallery at www.badzine.net]Singles star Peter Gade was in Korea this past weekend to share both court and microphone with no fewer than four local doubles legends.
    Story and photos by Don Hearn
    The Legends’ Vision tour organized by badminton equipment manufacturer Yonex has been very popular for placing singles superstars Peter Gade, Taufik Hidayat, Lee Chong Wei, and Lin Dan on court and on camera together.  Earlier this year, Korean doubles superstar Lee Yong Dae donned h
  • AUSTRALIAN OPEN Finals – The messier the better

    [See image gallery at www.badzine.net]Having Indonesia scheduled in the last two fixtures of a final gave the stadium a sing-song atmosphere and playing catch up guaranteed the buzz, just not the biggest pay cheques.
    By Aaron Wong, Badzine Correspondent live in Sydney. Photos: Badmintonphoto (live)
    Mixed doubles: Debby the MVP[See image gallery at www.badzine.net]Debby Susanto was the most valuable player in the messy mixed doubles affair. Indonesia swelled into action from 3-9 to win the first
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  • AUSTRALIAN OPEN Finals – India’s phenomenal triple

    [See image gallery at www.badzine.net]Srikanth Kidambi took seven days to smash India’s historic achievement of consecutive Superseries men’s titles and recast it as a triple. In doing so, he became only the fifth man in men’s singles to snatch successive Superseries titles.
    By Aaron Wong, Badzine Correspondent live in Sydney. Photos: Badmintonphoto (live)
    Men’s singles:  Indelibly India’s best year yet
    And so it happened, an Indian player from the top half of
  • AUSTRALIAN OPEN SF – As humanly perfect as it gets

    [See image gallery at www.badzine.net]Both the French Superseries men’s singles winner and the runner-up failed to proceed but semi-finals ticket-holders were still treated to badminton action of a kind your life would be poorer for not experiencing live.
    By Aaron Wong, Badzine Correspondent live in Sydney. Photos: Badmintonphoto (live)[See image gallery at www.badzine.net]Men’s singles on Court 2 was superior to their London 2012 Olympic bronze medal play off and all the more inter
  • AUSTRALIAN OPEN SF – Plain Janes dress down Chinese

    [See image gallery at www.badzine.net]Sydney is set for a Rio Olympic women’s doubles gold medal rematch but it was touch and go in the semi-finals whether either pair would get there.
    By Aaron Wong, Badzine Correspondent live in Sydney. Photos: Badmintonphoto (live)[See image gallery at www.badzine.net]In women’s doubles, the world #1 Japanese subduing of Chinese world #4 was suggested neither by their best scoreline to date against these opponents nor by the three consecutive defe
  • AUSTRALIAN OPEN QF: 1hour 18 minutes times two

    All eyes were on the rematch of the 2016 women’s singles final and combined star power of the men’s singles champions from the past three Olympics. It was 2 hours 36 minutes of pure pleasure for Sydneysiders.
    By Aaron Wong, Badzine Correspondent live in Sydney. Photos: Badmintonphoto (live)
    Third time lucky
    For three years running China’s Sun Yu faced Saina Nehwal across rubber matches at the Australian SuperSeries and this time she triumphed 21-17, 10-21, 21-17. Sun’s re
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  • AUSTRALIAN OPEN QF – The double meaning of execution

    [See image gallery at www.badzine.net] Every interviewed player has talked about studying their opponents prior. The proof of the pudding then is in executing the plan. And whose plan?
    By Aaron Wong, Badzine Correspondent live in Sydney. Photos: Badmintonphoto (live)
    Women’s doubles: Two executed Korean duos
    The two remaining Korean women’s pairs in contention were on the verge of victory and it never went further. The consecutive blows happened on Court 2.
    In a surprise twist of fa
  • AUSTRALIAN OPEN QF – European strong starters stifled

    [See image gallery at www.badzine.net]China dashed the hopes of their English and Danish opponents who started off strongly and in their estimation were indeed thorny propositions.
    By Aaron Wong, Badzine Correspondent live in Sydney. Photos: Badmintonphoto (live)
    Mixed doubles: Weapons matching her character
    Gambits are begun in mixed doubles with the woman standing in the front of the man serving. That’s where the similarity ended between Huang Dongping / Wang Yilyu and the Adcocks (photo
  • AUSTRALIAN OPEN QF – European strong starters stiffled

    [See image gallery at www.badzine.net] China dashed the hopes of their English and Danish opponents who started off strongly and in their estimation were indeed thorny propositions.
    By Aaron Wong, Badzine Correspondent live in Sydney. Photos: Badmintonphoto (live)
    Mixed doubles: Weapons matching her character
    Gambits are begun in mixed doubles with the woman standing in the front of the man serving. That’s where the similarity ended between Huang Dongping / Wang Yilyu and the Adcocks (pho
  • AUSTRALIAN OPEN R16 – Take note of Taiwan’s third

    [See image gallery at www.badzine.net]Lu/Yang of Chinese Taipei brought the thrills in the men’s doubles second round at the Australian Badminton Open, beating the world #1s and last week’s winners Li/Liu.
    By Aaron Wong, Badzine Correspondent live in Sydney. Photos: Badmintonphoto (live)
    Such is the state of men’s doubles that the oldest pair – with a combined age of 69 – reascended to world #1 and then relinquished the status this week to one of the two young pairs
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  • AUSTRALIAN OPEN R16 – Richer guy buys tomorrow’s ticket

    [See image gallery at www.badzine.net]In the meeting of two of last year’s fresh mens singles Superseries champions, the one who took home more prize money bought his ticket into the quarter-final.
    By Aaron Wong, Badzine Correspondent live in Sydney. Photos: Badmintonphoto (live)
    In R16 of a strong cast, still boasting nine previous Superseries champions, the stakes were high to win and several candidates pulled out a surprising development for men’s singles which was jump smashing f
  • AUSTRALIAN OPEN R16 – Finding the right mix

    [See image gallery at www.badzine.net]Various mixed pairs who proceeded into the quarter-finals shared what makes their combinations tick and why they won today.
    By Aaron Wong, Badzine Correspondent live in Sydney. Photos: Badmintonphoto (live)
    Next round next year
    [See image gallery at www.badzine.net]The home run thrills of 2016’s Round of 32 encounter between Gabrielle Adcock / Chris Adcock and Chae Yoo Jung / Choi Sol Gyu were transposed to Round of 16 a year on. Sydney has been their
  • Adcocks beaten in Australia Open quarter-finals

     British duo defeated by Chinese pair Wang Yilyu and Huang Dongping
  • Badminton is the happy place for Ugandan refugee

    Read the remarkable story of Margaret Nankabirwa - Africa's number 4 badminton star, who went from Commonwealth Games delight to fleeing to England in fear of her life.
  • AUSTRALIAN OPEN R32 – Former top tens on the mend

    [See image gallery at www.badzine.net]Two top women’s singles seeds fell in the bottom half the draw leaving China’s two seeds to deal with them later. In fact, the champion in Sydney the year before the tournament ascended a prize money level and its inaugural Superseries champ both proceeded into the Round of 16.
    By Aaron Wong, Badzine Correspondent live in Sydney. Photos: Badmintonphoto (live)
    You’ve got that lovin’ (Australia) feeling
    India’s defending champion
  • 2017 AUSTRALIAN OPEN R32 – Former top tens on the mend

    [See image gallery at www.badzine.net] Two top women’s singles seeds fell in the bottom half the draw leaving China’s two seeds to deal with them later. In fact, the champion in Sydney the year before the tournament ascended a prize money level and its inaugural SuperSeries champ both proceeded into the Round of 16.
    By Aaron Wong, Badzine Correspondent live in Sydney. Photos: Badmintonphoto (live)
    You’ve got that lovin’ (Australia) feeling
    India’s defending champio
  • AUSTRALIAN OPEN R32 – Southpaws steal Sydney hearts

    [See image gallery at www.badzine.net]Lin Dan and Lee Hyun Il schooled their less experienced opponents in two of the keenly watched first round men’s singles matches at the Australian Badminton Open.
    By Aaron Wong, Badzine Correspondent live in Sydney.  Photos: Badmintonphoto (live)
    Two fabled lefthanders left everybody happy.  The general public and youths who’d only heard stories from their parents were drawn to goggle at the greatest-of-all-time while badminton geeks sa
  • AUSTRALIAN OPEN R32 – Southpaws steal Sydney hearts in

    [See image gallery at www.badzine.net]Lin Dan and Lee Hyun Il schooled their less experienced opponents in two of the keenly watched first round men’s singles matches at the Australian Badminton Open.
    By Aaron Wong, Badzine Correspondent live in Sydney.  Photos: Badmintonphoto (live)
    Two fabled lefthanders left everybody happy.  The general public and youths who’d only heard stories from their parents were drawn to goggle at the greatest-of-all-time while badminton geeks sa
  • Adcocks into quarter-finals at CROWN GROUP Australian Open

     Chris and Gabby Adcock progress in Sydney, while Raj Ouseph is beaten.
  • Women's Sport Week: The life of a badminton journalist

    Badminton journalist Katie Falkingham talks us through what it's like to write about the sport on a daily basis
  • AUSTRALIAN OPEN R32– Tang almost turns it around again

    [See image gallery at www.badzine.net]Like at the Sudirman Cup, Tang Chun Man made Chinese opponents nervous, this time in the first round of men’s doubles at the Australian Badminton Open, where Zhang Nan and Liu Cheng held on.
    By Aaron Wong, Badzine Correspondent live in Sydney.  Photos: Badmintonphoto (live)
    You can sense the clenching of buttocks in the seats in the stadium.  In last year’s Australian Open first round, it was Nozomi Okuhara overcooking her hard-fought o
  • Adcocks and Ouseph both progress in Australia

    European champions make it through to second round, but Wolfenden and Briggs are eliminated
  • European champions progress down under

    European champions make it through to second round, but Wolfenden and Briggs are eliminated
  • Lifechanging accident won't stop my badminton love - Jarvis

    Badminton coach Sue Jarvis suffered a life-changing accident and was told she would never walk again. Now she is back swinging a racket on court.
  • AUSTRALIAN OPEN Day 1 – Macau champ and Indonesia runner-up deleted

    [See image gallery at www.badzine.net]India’s Kashyap Parupalli marched past Macau Open winner Zhao Junpeng and Indonesia Open runner-up Kazumasa Sakai to get a shot at the world #1 in the main draw of the Australian Badminton Open.
    By Aaron Wong, Badzine Correspondent live in Sydney.  Photos: Badmintonphoto (live)
    Parupalli primed
    [See image gallery at www.badzine.net]Returning after knee surgery, a dislocated shoulder and calf injury which sidelined him for the best part of a year,
  • AUSTRALIAN OPEN Day 1 – Chen checks in

    [See image gallery at www.badzine.net]On a qualification morning bereft of any rubber matches, Chen Chun-Wei created the upset of the morning by downing one of the giant killers from last week’s Indonesia Superseries Premier, Emil Holst.
    By Aaron Wong, Badzine Correspondent live in Sydney. Photos: Badmintonphoto (live)
    Last week in Jakarta, Emil Holst of Denmark had eliminated world #2 Viktor Axelsen, Grand Prix Gold winner Lee Dong Keun and could have taken the first game from eventual fi
  • AUSTRALIA OPEN QUALIFICATIONS – Chen checks in

    [See image gallery at www.badzine.net] On a qualification morning bereft of any rubber matches, Chen Chun-Wei created the upset of the morning by downing one of the giant killers from last week’s Indonesia SuperSeries Premier, Emil Holst of Denmark. Holst had eliminated world #2 Viktor Axelsen, Grand Prix Gold winner Lee Dong Kuen and could have taken the first game from eventual finalist Kazumasa Sakai but the form on display in Australia was poor accuracy on smashes and missed opportuni
  • INDONESIA OPEN Finals – From 1st round to final victory

    [See image gallery at www.badzine.net]One year after their first meeting and first loss at the hands of the world #1, Li Junhui and Liu Yuchen topped the podium and took the biggest title of their career so far, the Indonesia Open Superseries Premier 2017.
    By Mathilde Liliana Perada, Badzine Correspondent live in Jakarta.  Photos: Badmintonphoto (live)
    [See image gallery at www.badzine.net]Li Junhui and Liu Yuchen (pictured right) first met Denmark’s Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen (
  • England shuttlers all set for Australian Open

     Adcocks, Ouseph, Briggs and Wolfenden all in action in Sydney
  • INDONESIA OPEN Finals – A victory to remember

    [See image gallery at www.badzine.net]A three-year home drought was ended as Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir won their first Indonesian Open together. History was also made by the unseeded Sayaka Sato, who became the first Japanese women’s singles player to take the title in Jakarta.
    By Naomi Indartiningrum, Badzine Correspondent live in Jakarta.  Photos: Badmintonphoto (live)
    Sudirman revenge
    [See image gallery at www.badzine.net]In the opening match of the final round of the 2017
  • AUSTRALIAN OPEN Preview Part 2 – Finding one’s voice

    [See image gallery at www.badzine.net]In spite of the stellar cast for this year’s Australian Open, the missing Europeans in men’s doubles and the unheralded absentees in the other doubles categories do make a difference.  Our preview specialist, Aaron Wong, explains.
    By Aaron Wong.  Photos: Badmintonphoto
    Men’s doubles lets down the cast list of an otherwise stellar Australian Open, the second-richest country-specific Superseries…
    Since the Badminton Asia Cham
  • Walk for the Juniors

    Our county juniors are holding a fund-raiser on Sunday 16th July with a sponsored walk from Newburn along the riverside path to Wylam and back.  The relatively modest target is to raise £500 to support the team squads for practices and travel to away matches.
    Courts, coaching, shuttles and travel are unavoidable costs of our sport of badminton and if we can bring extra funds into our county association, this will relieve pressure on our parents. Perhaps more importantly, it may enable
  • INDONESIA OPEN SF – Olympic champions looking for home title

    [See image gallery at www.badzine.net]The 2016 Olympic gold medalists Tontowi Ahmad & Liliyana Natsir are still hungry to win the Indonesia Open Superseries title. They played twice in the final round but couldn’t get gold. This year, the opportunity is back again and they don’t want to let it slip away…
    By Mathilde Liliana Perada, Badzine Correspondent live in Jakarta.  Photos: Badmintonphoto (live)
    The #6 seeded will meet the world #1 Zheng Siwei/Chen Qing
  • INDONESIA OPEN SF – Rough day for ‘giant’ and ‘giant-killer’ alike

    [See image gallery at www.badzine.net]H. S. Prannoy’s giant-killing run came to a halt at the hands of qualifier Sakai, while Srikanth Kidambi toppled the world #1 and the women’s singles final will be minus upset queens Zhang Beiwen and Nitchaon Jindapol.By Naomi Indartiningrum, Badzine Correspondent live in Jakarta.  Photos: Badmintonphoto (live)[See image gallery at www.badzine.net]After defeating two big seeds in earlier rounds, H. S. Prannoy failed to make the final r
  • INDONESIA OPEN QF – Home Upset, Home Hope

    [See image gallery at www.badzine.net]The home hopes continued as three representatives, one in each doubles discipline, made it into semi-finals of the 2017 BCA Indonesia Open Superseries Premier.
    By Mathilde Liliana Perada, Badzine Correspondent live in Jakarta.  Photos: Badmintonphoto (live)
    [See image gallery at www.badzine.net]Anggia Shitta Awanda / Ni Ketut Mahadewi Istirani (pictured top) will face the world #1 pair Chen Qingchen / Jia Yifan after they beat Thailand’s
  • INDONESIA OPEN QF – Another Suprise from Prannoy

    [See image gallery at www.badzine.net]The spectators have witnessed the fall of many seeded players in the 2017 Indonesia Open, with the singles disciplines particularly vulnerable. Mens singles shuttler H.S. Prannoy of India (photo) gave another surprise, this time tackling another seed in China’s Chen Long.
    By Naomi Indartiningrum, Badzine Correspondent live in Jakarta.  Photos: Badmintonphoto (live)
    Prannoy appeared aggressive and confident from the first game. He did not hesi
  • AUSTRALIAN OPEN Preview Part 1 – Delectable any way you slice it

    [See image gallery at www.badzine.net]Normally the outcome of the Indonesian Superseries Premier affects men’s singles absenteeism badly but seeing as all the seeds bar Son Wan Ho were knocked out of contention early, they will be healthy to play in Sydney.
    By Aaron Wong.  Photos: Badmintonphoto
    [See image gallery at www.badzine.net]Is 16/16 equivalent to 17/17?
    This is a bumper preview because it is shaping up to be the most sensational Australian Open.  So, how best to slice up
  • Walker and Smith make semi final in Madrid but miss out on the title

    English duo reach last four in Madrid but miss out on a tilt at the Spanish International title.
  • Competition: Win 1 of 5 USB Mini Shuttlecock fans

    With a mini heatwave predicted and temperatures soaring past 30 degrees in some parts of England this weekend, our latest competition prize is a perfect way to help you chill out and cool down. We have 5 uber cool...
  • INDONESIA OPEN R16 – Mixed feelings for hosts

    [See image gallery at www.badzine.net]Indonesia’s shuttlers had a tough time yesterday in the packed Jakarta Convention Center, with only a fourth of their shuttlers going through. With however some nice surprises.
    By Mathilde Liliana Perada, Badzine Correspondent live in Jakarta.  Photos: Badmintonphoto (live)
    It was just another disappointing day for the hosts which could be summed up by “a quarter fo quarters”. Only 4 out of 16 –  a quarter – of their r
  • Narrow defeats for English stars in Indonesia

    Chris and Gabby Adcock and Rajiv Ouseph lost out at quarter-finals stage
  • Badminton England launches sports integrity policy

    Badminton England has launched a new policy prohibiting betting on badminton.   
  • INDONESIA OPEN R16 – India’s young guns tackle top stars

    [See image gallery at www.badzine.net]Indian men’s singles had a great day as both H. S. Prannoy and Srikanth Kidambi ousted the 1st and 4th seeds, as both former champions played below par.
    By Mathilde Liliana Perada, Badzine Correspondent live in Jakarta.  Photos: Badmintonphoto (live)
    An open women’s draw
    Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi (pictured above) successfully put herself in the quarter-finals of the Indonesia Open 2017. In the opening match, the third seed successfu
  • EDITORIAL – Of humility and appreciation…

    [See image gallery at www.badzine.net] Each time, it’s a shock.  I may keep that same smile on my face, but inside, it’s just painful. Why was I so lucky to be born in France, in a modest but lucky family with all I ever needed from when I was young, and not here, in the middle of that huge garbage dump, in the outskirts of Jakarta ? It could have been the other way around, and one of these kids could have my life, travel all around the world, see amazing places, get to meet am
  • INDONESIA OPEN Day 3 – Lucky Win for Setiawan/Tan

    [See image gallery at www.badzine.net]Two-time Indonesia Open winner Hendra Setiawan had to scrape through the closest match of the day on Wednesday as he and Tan Boong Heong advanced to the second round.
    By Mathilde Liliana Perada, Badzine Correspondent live in Jakarta.  Photos: Badmintonphoto (live)
    Looking forward for his third title at Indonesia Open, Hendra Setiawan admitted it was a lucky win for him and his partner in the first round of Indonesia Open Superseries Premier.  Setia
  • Dominant Adcocks and Ouseph progress to last eight in Indonesia

    The Adcocks and Rajiv Ouseph made short work of their second round ties at the BCA Indonesia Open  
  • INDONESIA OPEN Day 2 – Lu/Huang in the hunt for title while Marin out

    [See image gallery at www.badzine.net]There were contrasting fortunes for world #2 shuttlers on Tuesday at the Indonesia Open as Carolina Marin was ousted, while Lu Kai and Huang Yaqiong are still on track for a fifth title of the year.
    By Naomi Indartiningrum, Badzine Correspondent live in Jakarta.  Photos: Badmintonphoto (live)
    [See image gallery at www.badzine.net]After successfully winning four tournaments earlier this year, Lu Kai and Huang Yaqiong (photo) are into the second round and
  • Ouseph battles into second round in Indonesia

    Rajiv Ouseph wins in three to reach the second round of the BCA Indonesia Open

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